Styling Black Window Trim

Black window trim is nothing short of eye-catching. These windows do a marvelous job of elevating the look and feel of the home by creating a modern and stylish atmosphere. Black window trim is growing in popularity. If you’re curious about which window treatments would work well with them, or are trying to determine if they should be covered up, we’re here to assist. 

Top Considerations 

  • How much do you prefer your black trim windows to show? Do you want to showcase them or hide them?
  • Are you drawn to blending colors or do you like a striking contrast? 
  • Do your windows have grids? It is key to note the way fabrics look in front of windows with a grid because you can find what style you want. 
  • Are your windows showcasing a black-on-black look or black-on-white? This influences the look and feel, indoors and out.


If you’re looking for inspiration, start by looking at homes that are similar to yours. It can greatly help you determine what looks best in your space. Now, black window trim looks amazing with many different window treatments like woven treatments, roller shades, roman shades, and cellular shades. You can even layer draperies to best frame the windows. Draperies add energy efficiency, privacy, and light control. 

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Custom Drapery

The Grids

Window grids are a timeless look and add visual interest to your home. Although they can be overlooked in the home, they can also be a focal point, depending on the window treatments you select. That is why the decision is up to you to determine what you would prefer in the space. Would you like them to predominately be open or closed? Thankfully, you’ll notice that there are window shades that can effortlessly create a seamless look across the windows. This is an added benefit as it will resemble one wide shade instead of multiple!

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Applause® Honeycomb Shades

If you enjoy the natural light coming through, while enjoying privacy and UV protection, opt for a light-filtering look. This option also allows the black trim window grid to be visible. 

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Designer Screen Shades

Window coverings have the power to transform a space! The same window above is seen here. It swapped out the light filtering look for room-darkening fabrics. With this transformation, you will see increased light control and privacy along with UV protection. In this case, grids are just visible when the shades are raised and the window is exposed. 

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Designer Roller Shades

Another amazing choice is dual shades. You can close out the light when you want, and soften it when you wish to let light enter. This is through the light-filtering sheer roller shade! If you enjoy seeing your black window trim grids but want room darkening as well, take the time to consider this option. 

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Designer Solar Shades with Duolite® 

Specialty Shaped Black Trim Windows 

Do you have a specialty-shaped window and are unsure of the best way to cover it up? We have solutions for you! When you have black window trim and it is paired with a uniquely shaped window, you have a statement window that also adds character to your space. An example is an arched window. Grids can also be a part of the design. Many homeowners wish to leave the portion at the top of the window clear of shades. This allows light to enter across the ceiling, brightening the room. With an arched window, you can create a layered look by adding draperies and roman shades. Not only is this a popular style for tall windows but you can showcase your window grids, too! 

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades with Drapery

Tall windows come with a lot of considerations, especially if the windows are arched. You can choose to leave it completely uncovered. This would add style to your space while natural light would continue to enter.

Applause® Honeycomb Shades

If you’re looking to add color to the space, add window treatments that contrast against the black trim. In this space, the homeowner chose to cover up the entire glass of each window.

Black trim arched windows in a tall room with colored Duette honeycomb shades
Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Do you have transom windows that are tough to cover? You can leave them bare or put window coverings in. It depends on how much sunshine you would like this room to receive.

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Alustra® Architectural Shades

By selecting Duette® Honeycomb Shades, you can show off the thick window trim between each window. This works for tough angled windows as the shades are mounted inside the trim. 

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Adding contrast to your space doesn’t have to mean adding in a color. With black trim windows, opt for a neutral color–like gray–and you’ll see the windows pop. 

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Duette® Honeycomb Shades

Showing Off the Side Trim

While grids make a statement in your home, so do side trims. As a homeowner, you can decide if you want black trim windows to be a part of the design when the shades are open or closed. This does depend on how these window treatments need to be installed, as well as the depth of your windows. An excellent option for this is roman shades as they are designed to show off the black trim. 

Vignette® Modern Roman Shades in contrast to black trim windows
Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

Do you want to cover all of the black trim on your windows when they are closed up? Believe it or not, roman shades remain a great choice. 

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Vignette® Modern Roman Shades

If you wish to expose the side black trim, Woven Textures roller shades are the choice for you. They look as if they were built in place. 

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Alustra® Woven Textures®

Roller Shades are a phenomenal pick if you want to keep a low-profile design that also looks sleek and modern. 

Elegant dining room in evening light featuring Alustra Woven Texture Roman Shades
Alustra® Woven Textures®

Black Shutters

Another beautiful option with window treatments is the built-in result of black shutters. You can have adjustable light control, privacy and energy efficiency with a huge amount of style. Our custom wood shutters are finished for you with exclusive paints that ensure long-lasting durability.

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Contrasting or Blending?

When you save your inspirational photos, you will begin to see a pattern. Maybe you like the idea of blending the window coverings with the black trim or wish to contrast the black trim with a neutral or bold color. The rooms below highlight how window shades look against it. One is styled with white Designer Banded Shades while the other uses a charcoal gray hue. 

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Designer Banded Shades
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Designer Banded Shades

Ready for Us?

As black trim windows are continuing to grow in popularity, you may need help picking the ideal window coverings to reflect your style and work best with your wants and needs. As you wish to put the final touches on your home, our team at Austin Window Fashions is ready to find the perfect window treatments for your home. Contact us today to schedule a FREE consultation.